St. Mary, St. Patrick, St. Philip Parishes May 15, 2022

Fourth Sunday of Easter                                                                     Mass Intentions This Week





8:30 AM

St. Patrick

+All Souls (Parishioners)




8:30 AM

St. Philip

+Frieda + Shawn O’Donoghue (Bob Curran)




8:30 AM

St. Patrick

For the Living and Deceased Members of my Parishes




8:30 AM

St. Mary

+Bob + Mary Walsh + Children (Katherine A. Walsh)




8:30 AM

St. Patrick

+Bro. James Becwar (Penny + Lloyd Beers Family)




7:00 PM

St. Patrick

+Floyd Fralick (Nancy + Bob Ostrander)




7:30 AM

St. Patrick

+Rob + Mary Walsh + Children




9:00 AM

St. Mary

+Eugene Schmid (Eugene + Mary Murphy)




10:30 AM

St. Philip

+Peggy Murphy (Amy + Pat Murphy)













Confessions: Usually 30 minutes before every Mass and by appointment.

Monthly Eucharistic Adoration:

At St. Patrick: First Friday after the 8:30 AM Mass and First Saturday at 6:00 PM until 6:40 PM with confessions at that time, when a 7:00 PM Mass is scheduled.

At St. Philip: First Sunday after the 10:30 AM Mass with confessions for 30 minutes.


St. Patrick’s, St. Mary’s & St. Philip’s Parishes Mailing Address:

PO Box 35

Seneca, WI 54654

Our Tri-Parish Website is: https://www.catholicchurchesofncc.com/

Fr. Tom Huff, 608-734-3252 [email protected] Cell# for emergencies: 608-306-1832

Angie Martin, bookkeeper, Seneca Office [email protected] 608-734-3931

Yvonne Hady, Bulletin Office, Gays Mills, Wednesdays. 608-735-4420 [email protected]

**Everyone is invited to go to our parish website for the bulletin**




Wed May 18 Adult Faith Study 7:00 PM at St. Mary

Wed May 18 PCCW Meeting at St. Patricks at 7:00 PM

NOTE CHANGE IN MASS TIME: SUNDAY: June 12 Pancake Breakfast at St. Philip following 9am Mass.





St. Mary


St. Patrick


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From the Pastor’s Desk:

5th Sunday Easter Homily:

Excerpts from our Second Reading and from a Sermon by Saint Maximus (Bishop of Turin 398-423)

I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth.
The former heaven and the former earth had passed away.
I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem.


Christ is risen! He has burst open the gates of hell and has let the dead go free; He has renewed the earth through the members of His Church now born again in baptism, and has made it blossom afresh with men brought back to life. His Holy Spirit has unlocked the doors of heaven, which stand wide open to receive those who rise up from the earth. There is an upward movement in the whole of creation, each element raising itself to something higher. We see limbo of the saints restoring its victims to the upper regions, earth sending its buried dead to the throne of judgment, and those worthy of heaven being presented to the Lord. In one and the same movement, our Savior's passion and death raises humanity from the depths, lifts them up from the earth, and sets them in the heights. Christ is risen! His rising brings life to the dead, forgiveness to sinners, and glory to the saints. And so we read in the second reading:


"Behold, God's dwelling is with the human race.
He will dwell with them and they will be his people
and God himself will always be with them as their God."


The light of Christ is an endless day that knows no night. Christ is this day, says the Apostle; such is the meaning of his words: Night is almost over; day is at hand. He tells us that night is almost over, not that it is about to fall. By this we are meant to understand that the coming of Christ's light puts Satan's darkness to flight, leaving no place for any shadow of sin. His everlasting radiance dispels the dark clouds of the past and checks the hidden growth of vice. He is the Day who says through the mouth of Solomon: I have caused an unfailing light to rise in heaven. And as in heaven no night can follow day, so no sin can overshadow the justice of Christ. The celestial day is perpetually bright and shining with brilliant light; clouds can never darken its skies. In the same way, the light of Christ is eternally glowing with luminous radiance and can never be extinguished by the darkness of sin. And as our second reading reminds of the joy of this perpetual celestial day where:


He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain,
for the old order has passed away.


And so, my brothers and sisters, each of us ought surely to rejoice during this holy season of Easter. Let no one, conscious of his or her sinfulness, withdraw from our common weekly celebration, nor let anyone be kept away by the burden of his or her guilt. Sinner they may indeed be, but they must not despair of pardon during this holy season of Easter which is so highly privileged; for if a thief could receive the grace of paradise, how could a Christian be refused forgiveness?


Tri-Parish Announcements:

Tri-Parish Prayer List – We want to pray for the ill and others in our parishes who need ongoing prayer. To be placed on or to place someone on our prayer list, please call: St. Mary’s – Sue Peterson, 609-735-4865.

St. Philip’s – Bonnie Murphy, 608-386-4954. St. Patrick’s – Ica Boylen, 608-734-3287.



St. Mary

St. Patrick

St. Patrick

St. Philip

Betty Raha

Florence Kozelka

Marilyn Trehey

Mick McCormick

David Jacobsen

Don Schwendinger

Susie Konichek

Eunice Brown

Chris Boehm

Jeff Croke

Brent Crowley

Ethan Dull

Beth Holmes

Marian Beall

Janice Coggins

Jenna Friar

Maria Camacho

Bob Wharton

John Lynch

Kevin Boarts

Marilyn Thompson

Sharon Boylen

Amy Palmer Ankerson

Kiara Meier

John Johnson

Rob Donohue

Linda Marler

Tom Gillette

Royce Havlik

Greg Roth

Elaine Schmitt

Azalea Hindricks


Shay Vought

William Wright

Peter Regenery


Michael Monehen

Steve Morarend

Ben Huebsch




Jim O’Connor




Sean O’Donoghue


St. Philip’s Announcement:

Sacristan Needed -- We would like to have four people volunteer to be a Sacristan. This would be a once a month commitment. The Sacristan prepares the Altar before and after Mass. Please contact Bonnie Murphy if interested. 608-624-5683 or 608-386-4954. 


St Philips Parish PCCW is planning a fund raiser in lieu of the fall bazaar. A PANCAKE BREAKFAST JUNE  12, 2022, immediately following the mass service. Further planning will take place TUESDAY MAY 17.  We are interested in getting suggestions and possible donations of eggs, sausage, milk, cheese, applesauce.
Please contact any PCCW member including,  Peggy Schmitt , Bonnie Murphy, Donna Bell, Maggie Mezera.


St. Patrick’s Announcements:

Annual Tootsie Roll Drive -- Holy Trinity Council K of C will be having their annual Tootsie Roll Drive the weekend of May 14th and 15th. Goodwill donations will be combined with those from St. Wenceslaus and Sacred Heart and given to Badger Camp.

Easter Lilies -- Once again the Arts and Environment Committee would like to thank everyone that purchased Easter lilies in honor and memory of a loved one. If you purchased a lily/lilies they are available for pick up in the Fellowship Hall after each mass.

PCCW Meeting (Bazaar Kickoff Preparations) will be on Wednesday, May 18, at 7:00 PM.



As you may know, our stained glass windows and the clear exterior protective glass windows in St. Patrick's Church are in need of replacement and/or repair.  

The Council Members and I have met and talked over our situation with several different company representatives. Due to the high cost involved in repairing the stained glass, the Council Members and I think it is best at this time to focus on replacing the exterior glass protective windows, which is critical, as some of these outer glass sections have fallen away from the building leaving the stained glass exposed to the elements and the loss of heat and air conditioning.

If anyone donated towards this window fund specifically only for the stained glass and would like your donation returned please contact me.  

The total cost of half of the project (7 exterior windows) is about $19,000.00.  For all 15 lower windows  is close to $38,000.00. 

Donations collected as of May 16th is around $18,000.00.   

If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to St. Patrick's Parish and note that it is for the "Church Window Fund."  Thank you! *Financial donations are tax deductible.

Thank you,

Fr. Tom


St. Mary’s Announcements:

Rosary at St. Mary’s -- The Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking all Catholics to pray that “the Court will do the right thing and allow states to once again limit or prohibit abortions, and in doing so protect millions of unborn children and their mothers from this painful, life-destroying act.”  For this intention, we will pray the Rosary (starting at 8:30 AM) before the 9 AM Mass at St. Mary’s.

General Announcements:

Continue to Pray for Supreme Court Dobbs Case -- Remember to pray for the Supreme Court Justices as they continue to deliberate about the Dobbs pro-life law prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks. Please pray for each Supreme Court Justice by name, and pray that they will overturn Roe v. Wade. Visit www.diolc.org/respect-life for more information and to download a flier with the names and photos of the nine justices.

Divine Mercy in my Soul -- St. Pope John Paul II: “To humanity, which sometimes seems bewildered and overwhelmed by the power of evil, selfishness and fear, the risen Lord offers His love that pardons, reconciles, and reopens hearts to hope. It is a love that converts hearts to peace. How much the world needs to understand and accept Divine Mercy! Where, if not in the Divine Mercy, can the world find refuge and the light of hope? Jesus, I trust in You. Have mercy upon us and the whole world.”

Prayer to St. Isidore -- Good Saint, we are told that your devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was so great that you would rise before it was light in order to be able to attend Mass before beginning your work in the fields. Obtain for us, we pray, some of that loving devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. There it is that the fruits of our farm labor, bread and wine, are brought and offered to God by the priest. Then, in the Consecration, Christ Himself, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, becomes present on our altars under the appearances of this same bread and wine. And in what was the altar bread, He comes to us to be the very food of our souls. If we deeply realize the value and beauty of Holy Mass, we will be very happy to attend as often as we possibly can. Help us to understand that in the Mass we offer ourselves to God with Christ by the hands of the priest. There we can bring to God all that we do, and offer it to Him in union with His Holy Sacrifice. The more often we do this now, the happier we shall be hereafter. Good Saint Isidore, bless us and our labors, that we may someday reap the reward of good works with you in heaven. Amen.

Marriage Moment

As I have loved you, so you also should love one another,” (John 13:34) Easy to say. Hard to do. Remember that Jesus’ love for humanity brought him to the crucifixion. Ponder what each of you might sacrifice for the other this week. ~Susan Vogt